After experiencing Friday, Rebecca Black discovers Saturday


When her first banger came out, I was in Beijing teaching a delightful group of grade three children. It was the highlight of my life. Everyday I was eating rice, talking to Chinese people, and trying to be a good teacher; it was like my life in Toronto, except I was in China.

My roommate was on Skype with his friend one night. By this time, it was many months into the journey and we had been effectively out of loop for some time. His friend asked if he has heard of “Rebecca Black”. He did not. He was encouraged to search her up, she had a song called “Friday”. He complied, went on the Chinese version of YouTube (, found her song, and asked me to watch so I that may also bask in all its glory.

Ah, as my eyes first laid onto the the video it was a pleasure to the senses! Vocally, it was mediocre; visually, it was less-than-spectacular; but as a whole, it was perfect. The song quickly became our theme song. We were teachers, so of course we were looking forward to Fridays! We couldn’t wait for 7 AM to be fresh, go downstairs, and have cereal.

We sang the song–a group of young, obnoxious Canadians–merrily as we strode down the streets. We had ‘Open Mics’ where the song would be done acoustically. It became the theme song to our adventure, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

This past week, Rebecca picked up her computer and autotuned her way through another song. From out of nowhere, she cleverly called it “Saturday”. It’s not as good. It doesn’t ask the tough questions (which seat should I take?) nor does it tell us what comes afterwards (Sunday). But it’s a decent attempt. I just hope there is a group of young teachers in a foreign country who love this song as much as we loved her first artistic achievement.

Post Script: Just so you may reminisce of simpler times, here is the song that kicked off her journey into superstardom.

Fun. Fun. Fun.

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